The “Best Amusement Park in the World” is 40

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A bird's eye view of Euopapark © Vogel

A bird’s eye view of Euopapark © Vogel

A few days ago, I wrote of one family owned them park that was supporting a charity which reflected the audience that it attracted – Drayton Manor in Staffordshire. In Germany another family owned theme park – and one which few Brits know but that might change in the coming year – is celebrating its 40th birthday this very day. 

Last year, Europa-Park was voted Best Amusement Park in the World. It’s come a long way since the family opened the park in 1975 as a way of showcasing the  circus trucks, carousels, ghost trains and roller coasters that the family specialised in. Today, there are 100 attractions and shows are spread across 13 European-themed areas. You can ride the WODAN wooden roller-coaster through Iceland; dance the night away with live bands and DJs in the Mediterranean areas; cheer the fireworks and eat great food from all over Europe.

The Mack family has enhanced the theme park regularly so that visitors who have been once feel the need to return to seem the upgrades. One feature that draws overseas visitors is that part of the theme park is given over to 13 countries so nationals head to their own particular area to see how the family has portrayed their country.

There is an England area with a “Merry Old England” theme in one part. In their words, it has “a triumphal arch, an elegant glass pavilion, the nostalgic merry-go-round with its antique hand-carved horses and the majestic statue of Queen Victoria.” There are shooting galleries, an amusement arcade and a candy (that’s the word they use) shop, before you get in one of the racing cars on the Silverstone Race-Track. At “Victoria Square” is the Globe, a replica of the original Shakespeare theatre that can be seen on London’s Southbank.

But wherever you visit, today there will be a huge birthday party for Europa-Park and visitors will be able to party, dance and ride rollercoasters until midnight.


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